Meaning of abductor in English:


Pronunciation /əbˈdʌktə/

Translate abductor into Spanish


  • 1A person who takes someone away by force or deception.

    ‘she endured a two-hour ordeal at the hands of her abductors’
    • ‘They even voted to allow child abductors, thieves, and bomb hoaxers to remain as refugees.’
    • ‘To me, he will always be a dirty thief and a ruthless abductor!’
    • ‘Authorities are following up on the report and have yet to determine if the abductors are pirates or terrorists.’
    • ‘Among the nine US citizens missing is a man known to have been kidnapped and whose abductors have threatened to kill him.’
    • ‘She hadn't yet seen any other sign of life besides her abductor and her abductor's family.’
    • ‘According to police, the abductors made them to travel a lot.’
    • ‘He is a murderer and a child abductor but he doesn't go on the register for that.’
    • ‘All the abductor would need to do is toss the phone out the car window and the child would not be traceable.’
    • ‘His abductors refused to accept $54,000 from his father during kidnapping negotiations last week.’
    • ‘He was released by his abductors yesterday, two days after they kidnapped him and demanded a $100,000 ransom for his safe release.’
    • ‘The Hearst kidnapping was one of the first examples of the Stockholm Syndrome - where kidnap victims come to identify with their abductors as a means of survival.’
    • ‘Chinese police are trying to determine the identity of the four abductors.’
    • ‘Relatives are begging his abductors to let them speak with him.’
    • ‘The father of the 16-year-old kidnap victim is appealing to her abductors to release her.’
    • ‘Two of the abductors were arrested and indicted on murder but at their trial they were found not guilty by an all white jury in under 2 hours.’
    • ‘A housewife who was kidnapped on Friday morning was released yesterday by her abductors.’
    • ‘The two executives who were kidnapped last week are yet to be released by their abductors.’
    • ‘Detectives, who have today launched a major hunt for her abductors, say the girl made desperate attempts to stop passing cars but nobody pulled over.’
  • 2

    (also abductor muscle)
    A muscle whose contraction moves a limb or part away from the midline of the body, or from another part.
    Compare with adductor

    ‘She is recovering from a torn abductor muscle in her thigh.’
    • ‘He missed the last couple of matches due to a slight tear in his abductor muscle.’
    • ‘This exercise engages spinal extensors, hamstrings, abductors and stabilizers.’
    • ‘Unfortunately, I tore a muscle in my abductor and the specialists have told me I can expect to be out for six to eight weeks.’
    • ‘His principal difficulties are limited use of his hands, and severe tightness of the hamstrings and the abductor muscles in his thighs.’
    1. 2.1Any of a number of specific muscles in the hand, forearm, or foot.
      followed by Latin genitive ‘abductor pollicis’
      • ‘The tears are most likely to the thenar muscles (i.e., opponens pollicis, abductor pollicis brevis and possibly the adductor pollicis).’
      • ‘I had a look around on the internet this evening for some muscle diagrams and it seems I have a painful abductors pollicis longus.’
      • ‘The abductor hallucis muscle is the largest and most superficial of the intrinsic great toe muscles lying on the medial border of the sole.’
      • ‘Treatment is surgical release of the abductor hallucis tendon performed between six and 18 months of age.’
      • ‘The artery and nerve may be compromised if a variation of the abductor digiti minimi also occupies the canal.’


Early 17th century (as a term in anatomy): modern Latin (see abduct).